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Entered at the post office at Onion City, Ten
Desiiee, u second-c.ua mail matter.
Marshall & Baird, Union City, Teua.
' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1914.
For Trustee.
TirruMi w. nr atitlmrixed to announce W.
. K. (Kilts) Jncluon candidate for Trustee of
Obion County, subject to the action 01 me
. Democratic perty. Election nrni I nuraaay in
Auifust, 1V16.
The County Fair.
The directors of the West Tennessee
Fair Association met at the office of th
secretary, J. V. Wootdey, last Monday
afternoon, and called a meeting of th
stock holders of the association to be held
at the City Hall in Union City nest
Hfnndav afternoon. Nov. 23. 1914. at
1 o'clock. There has been a ereat deal
of discussion about the future of th
fair and the time has come when the
stockholders should all get together and
decide the matter. President Farns and
the directors are all anxious to have i
full atteuJauce, so that a proper exprcs
sion may be had in regard to everything
' connected with the fair its finances, its
future management, and, in fact, to de
cide whether or not we shall have any
fair nt nil in the future. All these
things should be discussed freely and
fully and understandingly.
There are those who probably believe
that some changes should be made
These men should be present and sta'i
their views. One share of stock entitles
its owner to as much weight of opinion
as any other share. Everyone of tbe
stockholders hould come. As far as
this paper is concerned we believe in the
fair and most all our readers are familiar
with our views. Another thing, we be
tieve that the fair has been well raan
, aged altogether. There are a few things
we might have changed. We take no
stock in such things as the John L.
Sullivan project, -and might as well
"be candid about it. If that week bad
been one of most beautiful weather
instead of flood and Sullivan had stimu
lated crowds every day tbe aftermath
,and after effects on the following meet
ings would have been very depressing,
and on account of that we say, with no
aspersions for anybody, it was fortunate
for the fair that the rain disposed of tbe
matter. Slugging matches and boxers
Lave no place at a county fair. On the
other hand we did believe in the air
machines. Balloons and flying ma
chines are as much a part of county
fairs as the merry-go-round and no fair
is complete without one of these or a
Ferriss Wheel. The first flying machine
was a failure, so was the next, but had
they been successful the fair would have
been greatly benefited in increased gate
receipts and nobody could have ob
jected to tbe exhibition. Outside of
these thiogs the management has been
very conservative, and to the credit of
the present management no fair was
held this year. The two thousand dol
lars or more, it .is estimated that the
fair saved this year by suspension have
balanced the losses on both Sullivan and
the air machines.
The loss estimate is made, based on
the losses at other fairs. Humboldt, it
is understood, lost about two thousand
dollars. Trenton lost $2,500. Ooriuth
lost 12,500. Jackson lost some and but
for suspension on the last day would
have lost probably three thousand.
Do not know what success Fultou had
with her meeting this fall, but do not
think any money was made. The horse
men say that the entire western and
southern fair circuits were a drag this
year. Many suspended and many oth
ers lost money.
Now, getting down to the real ins and
outs of the fair, there has been no ac
tual loss here. The capital is $10,000,
all'paid in. The debt is approximately
$6,000, and the property, grounds and
improvements, have cost that amount
of money.! Therefore assets and liabil
ities are about tbe same, estimating the
' improvements at actual cost. One thing
more, and this has been tbe real and the
only disadvantage the fair baa labored
under. Union City people, our own peo
ple, have never given the fair a respecta
ble attendance. No better attendance
from tbe county and adjoining country
could have reasonably been expected.
The crowds from the country have been
large, exceedingly large, but from Un
ion' City limits the crowds have been
exceedingly small, and thereby bangs
the tale of tbe Obion Couuty fair. If
anybody has gotaway to get the Union
City people out to the meetings that
man should be called at once to take
charge of the fair. Last year a door-to-door
canvass was made in Union City
and each person, and family, was invit
ed to come and help swell the crowds
and, above all, to encourage the fair
by their presence, but they were not
there. A few, of course, but only a
a few.
The Obion County fair that is what
it should be called the West Tennes
see Fair is a misnomer. The Obion
County fair has been more benefit to
Union City than any other enterprise
of a like nature we have ever had here.
We are speaking now from a substantial
as well as moral benefit. It is worth a
dozen cbautauquas, and nobody likes
tbe chautauqua any better than we do.
It would pay Union City business men
alone to have the fair every year and
make good the deficit of the meetings
by popular subscription or assessment.
A county fair is not altogether a com
mercial enterprise, aud should not be
expected always to make a profit, or
even to pay expense Lots of men
can manage their own private business
successfully, but no man should be ex
pected to conduct a fair with plenty of
fine livestock and county products with
dividends and surplus. If he did it
would require his entire attention, and
the man who neglected bis own busi
ness for the fair would be a fool.
We put it this way. . A good fair will
cost much money, and in bad years,
very often, more than it pays. That is
tb,e history of county fairs, makes no
difference who the management is, and
that generally speaking will always be
tbe history of county fairs.
But with it all the kind of fair we
have been having here -is a benefit to
Union City notwithstanding the cost,
and we believe it is a benefit to the
country around us. It should be a
greater benefit. There should be more
interest in a larger agricultural exhibit,
a larger mechanical exhibit, a larger
merchants exhibit. The Woman's
Building is always good. The live Btock
exhibit last year was the best ever seen
here at a county fair, and the races were
good. No county fair is complete with
out pacing and trotting horses. On the
other hand the county fair is not simply
a race track, notwithstanding some of
the horseman may so think. With noth
ing but races the county fair would not
last longer than a June frost. Without
trotting and pacing it would be the same
We would like to see a county fair
like the last one here, but improved
with larger agricultural exhibits, me
chanical exhibits and merchants' dis
plays. It is not the right time of the
year for a poultry exhibit, but plenty of
standard and thoroughbred live stock,
our usual Woman's Building display or
better, a good musical band organiza
tion, plenty of riding devices, including
merry-go-round, Ferriss Wheel, minia
ture railroad, but cut the blackleg gam
bling machines, the five-legged calf, the
snake den and the plantation show.
They are not worth a continental (ex
cuse us) darn.
This is our idea about county fairs.
But let the stockholders come and say
what kind of a fair they want and we
are with them, boots and baggage. The
majority should rule, and let them come
and do it right now
Dr. F. M. McRee is a candidate for
State Commissioner of Agriculture and
one of the applicants for that position
under Governor-elect Thomas C. Kye.
This position was held for eight years by
Middle Tennesseans and four years by
an East Tennesscan. West Tennessee
has been disregarded altogether in the
appointment of Commissioner of Agri
culture. This statement is not made to
boost Dr. McRee. A farmer all his life,
citizen of the highest character, hon
orable, clean to the core, he is equip
ped and qualified in every conceivable
ay for this one of the most important
positions in the State. Vt. Alcuee
nows, farming from the ground up.
He knows the methods. No man stands
higher in the State, none better known.
n Dublic life there are none more active,
and these are the real reasons why he
should have the appointment. It would
be hard to find a more suitable man, in
fact, it is extremely doubtful if there is
single one in Tennessee as well adapted
the duties and responsibilities of the
office as Dr. McRee. Besides, Dr. Mc-
tee would undoubtedly give the position
dignity and command the respect it
as never yet reached. This i said
without reflection on any of the pre
decessors, and no man will entertain
any who knows the genial Obion County
citizen. Dr. McRee is indorsed by some
the best citizens and public men of
e State. He is personally indorsed by
General 'Bennett H. Young, general
commatider of the Confederate Veterans,
and the whole people of his own county
are for him. Aa we look at it, there is
use going any further about the ap-
nointniont. Dr. McKee is the man, tne
right man, and he should by all means
have the place.
There were 105 killed in and about
coal mines in the United States during
September, against 173 a year ago. v
We Are Making Progress.
The reserve banking system is now a
fact. There is machinery to give "elas
ticity" to currency which men have
talked about for a generation.
The reserve banking system will be of
tremendous value to the commerce of
the country, but it does pot do away
with the necessity for labor and does not
enable a man to get something for
nothing. -
For this reason it will be disappoint
ing to tbe ne'er-do-wells, and some
our politicians will go on advocating
nancial measures before tbe plain people
which tbey hope will produce votes
After being closed three and a half
months, the cottou exchanges of the
world are again open.
' Under the Lever bill one can no longer
tnnrW innV when actual delivery of
cotton is demanded under a future con
tract. If a man buys cotton now be
can demand a delivery of the merchant
able product. ,
Tenders of seven grades can be made
The differences, instead of being arbi
trarily made by tbe New York Ex
change, must be controlled by market
conditions. . If there is a dispute about
the grade the matter is not settled by the
cotton exchange, but by the Department
of Agriculture.
The Secretary of Commerce in an ad
dress says that the worst has passed in
the business of this country. Heisbuoy
ant with hope.
England and France are buying from
this country great quantities of ma
terial for feeding men and beasts aud
for killing men and beasts.
Tbe balance of trade is sweeping into
our favor. ' We are paying our debt to
Europe, not in gold, but in shipments
of products of the farm and factory.
So far we in the South have not felt
directly the quickening forces of the
foreign demand, but England and France
and the other nations having access to
the sea must clothe their soldiers and
their civilians. ,. - .
England has already taken Australia's
wool supply, which will not suffice even
for the purposes to which wool is usually
devoted, and England must buy some
cotton in America.
Our Southern lumber men have been
hit hard. They had an enormous ex-
portbusiness, but they never whimpered.
They are a game set. They have con
tributed as much to the Belgians as any
other group of business men. Demand
for lumber will increase.
Argentine sends word to New York
that the republic is in tbe market for
certain American products.
In a few days a convention of busi
ness men from all parts of the country
will be held in Memphis to consider
South American trade.
By next spring there should be lines
of ships out of New Orleans, Mobile and
New York carrying our goods down the
Atlantic and through the Fanama Canal
and down the Pacific into all the corners
of tbe group of republics in the southern
half of the western continent.
England was determined to go to the
end. Yesterday, without the bat of an
eye, England voted $1,000,000,000 for
war purposes. Great quantities of the
money secured from this war loa must
come to tbe United States.
France and England are working
jointly in their financial policies. They
are able to pay for what they need, and
they will be bigger customers of the
United States next spring than they are
now. Commercial Appeal.
' . Finis Garrett.
As soon as Congress adjourned Finis
Garrett came home and went right on
the stump Bpeaking for the Democratic
ticket, making several speeches in this
Congressional district. We believe Mr.
Garrett's speeches over the district did
much to solidify the Democratic vote,
aud that his coming home did much
good for the party. He emphasized the
fact that two aud four years ago there
was some reason- for some Democrats to
go off and vote with the Republican
party, be Independents, for the plat
form was not what was wanted by them,
and was Dot in keeping with what was
though to be the tenets of the party,
but that this year there was no reason j
whatever for the independents to vote a
Republican ticket, for the party in its
platform declared emphatically for.tbe
temperance and law enforcement planks
they had been calling for for four years:
We know that his speech here did good, l
and we feel confident that wherever be
spoke he made votes for Tom Rye.
Finis Garrett is a brainy man and a
fluent speaker, and whenever he gpts
on the hustings there is a generous out
pouring of "the people to hear him.
Some of these days the Mail man will
see bim Governor of the State of Ten
nessee. He is a man that stands high
in tbe councils of the Democratic party
both nationally and in the State. May
his shadow never grow less. aiarun j
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At 10 o'clock Monday morning the
Federal Reserve banks opened for tbe
first time, and at the same hour the
Cotton Exchanges of New York and New
Orleans, closed by conditions growing
out of the European war, reopened.
A White Paper issued by England
says the Government will ask Parlia
ment for $1,125,000,000 additional for
war purposes and that the regular array
will be brought up to 2,186,000 men,
not including 600,000 territorials.
Although no definite action has been
takeu yet by Secretary Bryan it is prob
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South American republics in regard to
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